Planning for Diversity

From the new issue of Today\'s Librarian:

In a community where 93 percent of the population is White, implementing a diversity plan hardly seems a necessity. Especially one that costs tens of thousands of dollars. But administrators at Ocean County (NJ) Public Library saw those in the minority population as an integral part of the library community. Five years ago, they made it their mission to reach out and welcome them . . .

Introducing more diversity into the library had been on Jean Vogrin\'s mind for years. As director of Ocean County\'s Barnegat Branch, Vogrin tapped into minority communities by bringing in speakers and adding ethnic programming . . .

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Random House Shuttering E-book Imprint

Tanya writes \"Another sign that E-books were not the next big thing they were supposed to be.
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Stories from The NYTimes.com and CNET on Random House Trade Group folding its e-book imprint, \"AtRandom\", due to scant consumer demand for books that can be read on screens, they company will continue to publish electronic versions of books.

Why is V.S. Naipaul so cranky?

Today\'s Chicago Tribune has a brief profile of the writer who won the Nobel Prize for Literature last month.

"A good audience is good. But what is most enervating is when I have little regard for the audience."

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Yahoo! for free speech

Ready for the World writes \"A Federal Judge ruled on WEdnesday, November 7, 2001 that the French courts cannot impose regulations or restrictions on U.S. based Yahoo. The French had argued that since the internet sites can be viewed in France that they must follow the ban on talk and sale of anything Nazi related. The U.S. Federal Court ruled that the \"United States Constitution\'s protections of free speech trumped a French order requiring Yahoo to remove Nazi materials from its Web site\". Find out more in the NYTimes \"

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Harry preps kids for Antichrist

Associated Press has another story about some conservative American Christians complaining that Harry Potter is an introduction to evil.

Besides emphasizing that this view is outside the Christian mainstream, this one also has some fun bits: A pagan says that people in his movement think the Potter books are "rather uncool," and a particularly ridiculous image on one anti-Potter website is mentioned.

A related item: A Sunday morning program at Unity Church in Chicago is supposed to examine parallels between the Harry Potter books and Bible passages.

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There is no Genealogy Fairy

Bob Cox sent along This Story from SP Times.com on the great Genealogical volunteers who make all those great resources available.

\"I volunteer because I remember all the help other people have been to me, especially when I first got started. It is a wonderful feeling to know you have helped someone to connect to their roots. It\'s like being a Sherlock Holmes every day.\"

Technology : advancement in libraries

linda writes \"Today technology is moving very fast in trying to make it easier for library users to aquire information.This therefore means librarians in libraries should make sure that they catch up with it as it runs.I\'ve attended a conference where a presentation was conducted about WIRELESS INNOPAC this is a device which looks like a cell phone and one can access a library anywhere in the world by operating the device eg. If one likes to check a book,using title ,author etc

This is possible with this device, this means you communiucate with the library even when in bed. Iam having a fear that at the end of the day as the time goes few librarians will be needed to run the library because most of the task will be done by such devices.\"

Very interesting stuff, though I can\'t find anything on \"Wireless Innopac\" on Google or innopacusers.org, wireless in libraries turned up some good results, including LibWireless:Wireless and Libraries group.

So what do you think, is wireless more of a threat to librarians than the Web?

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New Zealand appoints a minister of the Rings

jen writes \"Just how big a deal is \'\'The Lord of the Rings\'\' in New Zealand, where
native-son director Peter Jackson shot the three movies back-to-back? In
September, the government created a cabinet-level position to help the
tiny country piggyback on the films\' presumed success to lure more
tourists and filmmakers. The first \'\'Minister of Lord of the Rings\'\' -- as the
Kiwi press has dubbed him -- is Pete Hodgson, 51, who also serves as
minister of energy and of science, research, and technology.
Full EW Week Story \"

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Hard times beget courageous times

Bob Cox sent in This CSMonitor story.

It\'s a short look at some old back issues of The (London) Times, from the World War II period when London was being bombed.
Some nice perspective on current events from the past, courtesy of the coolness of a library basement.

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The History of Carnegie Libraries

Glenn A. Walsh has put together an extensive collection of links on The History of Carnegie Libraries.

Everything you ever wanted to know about the man and his libraries, past, present and future all collected in one nifty site.

New IE Bug Could Cause Hardcore Porn to Appear on Your Computer

The new Internet Explorer has a bug in it that could cause pornography to pop up on your computer screen whenever you conduct a general search for information. According to some users, the browser will just spontaneously open pages displaying pornography, gambling, and work-at-home schemes. more from Wired News.

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Does Digital Divide Rhetoric Do More Harm Than Good?

For The Chronicle, Jeffrey Young writes...

\"Warnings about a continuing \"digital divide\" could be doing more harm than good to African-Americans and other minority groups, portraying them as technophobic charity cases who lack the desire to adopt new technologies on their own. That\'s the conclusion some scholars are reaching as they study issues of race and technology.\" more

Pupils\' dreams of a better world win book contest

jen writes \"Months before the recent attacks on the United States, Hameeda Qadafi\'s students at Pershing Elementary School in University City wrote and illustrated a book about peace and how to make the world better.
Last week, representatives of Scholastic, a children\'s book publishing company, said that the book had been picked from 2,000 entries nationwide to win a national contest. The company has published 50,000 copies of the book, which will be sold at school book fairs and in bookstores.
Full Story over at SLToday.\"

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Library\'s Art Display Disturbs Men, Amuses Women

From the Rocky Mountain News...

Carol Ripley, Director of Cultural Programs for the Boulder (CO) Public Library doesn\'t understand what all the fuss is about. \"If it\'s any consolation, from a distance they look like socks hanging on a clothesline.\" She says of an art display being housed in the library. The display, entitled \"Hung Out to Dry\" depicts certain \"men\'s appendages\" being hung from a clothesline. more

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Smithsonian Museum and E-Bay Acquire Florida\'s Voting Machines

One of the voting machines used in the Florida year-2000 Presidential election is being immortalized in the Smithsonian Institute\'s Museum of American History. The remaining 3,499 machines are being auctioned off on E-Bay. \"The county is asking a minimum bid of $300 for a voting machine with brass plaque, a butterfly ballot, a certificate of authenticity, 25 sample punch-card ballots and a signed photo of the canvassing board. For a $600 minimum bid, they\'ll throw in all that, plus an aluminum ballot box.\"
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Internet Public Library in the News

Stumbled across this one today in a New Hampshire newspaper. It\'s about the Internet Public Library.

Here\'s the pitch...
\"It\'s always been difficult to separate the good information from the bad on the Internet. That\'s where the Internet Public Library steps in. The site, begun by library studies graduate students at the University of Michigan, separates the chaff from the wheat. The IPL shows the way to academic periodicals and complete online texts (the writings of Abraham Lincoln, for example), offers tips for students writing papers, provides librarians with valuable resources, and much more.\" The article also provides a list of links and summaries to a few web sites, such as The Car Connection, Bob & Ray, Monsters, Inc, and more.

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Illinois Launches Early Learning Web Site

The Illinois State Board of Education is funding a Web site geared toward early learning and intervention for children. The site includes a keyword and advanced search option for resources related to child learning. There are also tip sheets, FAQs, and more. Although the site contains information about agencies in Illinois, there are also elements useful for anyone involved in, or interested in working with preschoolers. They also link to Futures for Kids. To visit the site, Click Here.

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Scholastic to Publish Third E-Book Ahead of Print Version

Scholastic is releasing another of its books in electronic format ahead of the print version. This one is part of the \"Dear America\" Series. According to Michael Jacobs, senior vice president of their trade division \"We\'re approaching all our e-book efforts as ways to promote our printed properties, so we\'re not necessarily going to gauge the success of this e-book project solely on the basis of whether we sell a lot of copies, although we\'d like to do that.\" If you hurry and buy it before Thanksgiving, you can get it for $1.95. more

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Pay To Sing

Washington Law Quarterly has A Sad Story on federal copyright law.
They say, if current copyright law is enforced to its narrowest confines, it is likely that nonprofit service or camping organizations may be subject to copyright infringement suits for just signing a song.

They cover the history of copyright, and many other details.
Also note, this is 4 years old, things has gotten much worse since then.

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Ziggy for Dummies

I am not sure how long this comic strip will be up, but I was rolling on the floor this morning. Enjoy!!

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